Someone who comments publicly on the private lives of others is usually called a gossip, or, when I was growing up, a "buttinsky". Is it different when I am invited to do the commenting? I hope so. The thing is, in my Ask Isadora advice column I receive requests from the individuals themselves - "Here is my problem. Do you have any solutions, ideas, comments?"
In the case of AOL's PopEater on several occasions they have asked me to comment on other people's private lives, a very different kettle of fish, which puts me back into the potential buttinsky category once more.
Have I managed to walk the very fine line between expert commentator and wasp-tongued gossip? I hope so. You decide:
By the way, Gina Misiroglu of Red Room put me in touch with the AOL people, which is one of the great ways she's bringing traffic to Red Room and getting attention for Red Room's authors.